Julio Becerra Rivero

Julio Becerra Rivero (born 1973) is a Cuban-born American chess Grandmaster who lives in Miami Lakes, Florida . Julio Becerra grew up in Cuba and learned to play chess when he was thirteen years old. He became a grandmaster at the age of 23 in 1997. Julio Becerra won the Cuban Chess Championship in 1996 and 1998 and played in the Chess Olympiads of 1994 , 1996 and 1998 . [1] He stayed in the US in 1999, after playing in the 1999 FIDE World Chess Championship in Las Vegas. He moved to Miami in 2005. He was MVP in the US Chess League in 2006. He became the Florida Champion in 2006, and held that title through 2009. He won his 8th Florida Championship in 2016. Julio Becerra is a chess teacher and an active tournament player in southeastern Florida. He plays for the Miami Sharks in the US Chess League. [2]

As a user of chess.com, Becerra was noticed by many for his willingness to play against people considerably weaker than himself, thus giving many amateur players the chance to play against a grandmaster. As a result of this, a fan club was set up in his honor. [3]


  1. Jump up^ Bartelski, Wojciech. “Men’s Chess Olympiads: Becerra Rivero, Julio” . OlimpBase . Retrieved 2009-11-09 .
  2. Jump up^ “Miami Sharks: GM Julio Becerra” . Uschessleague.com . Retrieved 2009-11-09 .
  3. Jump up^ http://www.chess.com/groups/view/the-juliobecerra-fan-club

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